- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 28, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Lions Gate
- 2-Disc Set
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/28/2005
"[I]t serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2006
"The biggest surprise comes from Miike Takashi, whose usual shock tactics are put on hold in 'The Box', a strange, semi-abstract mood piece..."
THREE...EXTREMES brings together an Asian scream team of filmmakers, featuring a trio of short works by Hong Kong's Fruit Chan (DURIAN DURIAN), Korea's Chanwook Park (OLDBOY), and Japan's Takashi Miike (AUDITION). The trilogy opens with Chan's disgustingly entertaining DUMPLINGS, which he has also turned into a full-length film. DUMPLINGS stars Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah as Ching, a former TV star who is afraid of facing middle age. She visits Mei (Bai Ling), whose secret recipe for dumplings helps women look and feel younger. But when Ching discovers what's actually in the pot-stickers, she has some deep soul-searching to do. In Park's brutally violent CUT, Lee Byung-hun stars as a movie director who has everything going for him--a beautiful wife, hit films, a fabulous house, and an upstanding reputation. But an extra (Gang Hye-jung) decides to spoil the fun by placing the director in a no-win situation that could end in murder. Finally, Miike closes the frightfest with BOX, a brilliant psychological thriller in which a reclusive novelist (Kyoko Hasegawa) is haunted by her dead twin sister and a dark family secret. Although Miike is highly regarded for his comic ultraviolence, he turns off the blood quotient in this smartly paced, very creepy tale.
- Theatrical Release: October 28, 2005